Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
May 25 - June 10, 2017

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Rules and Prizes

THE FIFTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

When?

May 25 - June 10, 2017

Where?

Fort Worth, Texas USA at Bass Performance Hall.

Who competes?

After the application and live screening audition process, 30 pianists are invited to compete.

RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE COMPETITION

1. The Competition will consist of four separate rounds: Preliminary, Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Final.

 

2. The jury will not advance more than 20 pianists to the Quarterfinal Round, more than 12 to the Semifinal Round, or more than 6 to the Final Round.

 

3. The order of appearance of pianists in the Preliminary Round will be determined by a drawing. The Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds of Competition will follow this order except for reasons of accident, illness, or other unusual circumstances at the discretion of the president of the Cliburn. The order of appearance in the Semifinal and Final Rounds will depend on rehearsal scheduling, program content, and administrative requirements, and may vary from that of the Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds. All phases of the Competition will be open to the public.

 

4. A selection of pianos will be provided for the pianists performances. Time will be assigned to each pianist to choose his or her preferred instrument beginning May 22, 2017.

 

5. All rounds of the Competition will be broadcast live on cliburn2017.medici.tv and recorded for subsequent broadcast, video, or audio recording use. It is anticipated that a CD recording of selected Competition performances will be commercially produced, that a documentary of the Competition incorporating selected performances will be produced for television and DVD, and that parts or all of the Competition will be made available on the Internet. Camera crews may videotape and/or photograph all Competition events.

 

6. Pianists may not contact or speak with any member of the jury as long as they continue to compete inthe Competition. Any violation of this rule may disqualify the pianist.

PRIZE PACKAGES

Gold

$50,000 cash, gold medal
Van Cliburn Cup
3 years individualized career management, including U.S. concert tours, and in association with Keynote Artist Management, international concert tours and comprehensive career mentorship program
Live recording and recording partnership with Universal Music Group
Promotional package including press kits, videos, website
Performance attire provided by Neiman Marcus

 

Silver

$25,000 cash, silver medal
3 years individualized career management and U.S. concert tours
Live recording and recording partnership with Universal Music Group
Promotional package including press kits, videos, website

 

Bronze

$15,000 cash, bronze medal
3 years individualized career management and U.S. concert tours
Live recording and recording partnership with Universal Music Group
Promotional package including press kits, videos, website

 

Finalists (non-medalists)
$10,000 cash each
Promotional package including bio, photographs, videos

 

Semifinalists
Cash awards of $5,000 each

 

Quarterfinalists
Cash awards of $2,500 each

 

Preliminary competitors
Cash awards of $1,000 each

 

Audience Award
Cash award of $2,500

 

Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music
Cash award of $6,000

 

Beverly Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work
Cash award of $5,000

 

Jury Discretionary Awards
Three cash awards of $4,000 each

RULES RELATING TO PRIZES AND ENGAGEMENTS

1. The prizes and awards specified on the Cliburn website will constitute the only prizes and awards of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. No other prizes, awards, or remuneration will be permitted, except by express decision of the Cliburn.


2. The Cliburn is in the process of negotiating a number of major recital and orchestra engagements for the prizewinners of the 2017 Competition, to be performed within the three-year period following the Competition. A list of potential engagements forming part of the prizes will be published in the Competition program book in May 2017. Scheduling of these engagements will take into account any prior commitments of the winners, but the winners will be expected to fulfill all prize engagements.


3. The First, Second, and Third Prize winners will perform, if requested, a maximum of three recitals without charge for the benefit of the Cliburn.

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